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June 8, 2021

In 2014, Yulia Shpakovskaya, as the head of Smorgon social service center "Warm House," took part in the Community Connections exchange program on the theme of “Domestic Violence Prevention”. Yulia and nine other Belarusian professionals spent three weeks in St. Louis, Missouri, exploring best American practices to prevent violence. Today, Yulia continues her professional career as the Deputy Head of the Young Women Christian Association Smorgon, implementing several projects to promote gender equality, prevent domestic violence, and support victims of domestic violence.  

June 8, 2021

Natalia Miranchuk, one of the two Mama PRO co-founders, created an inclusive communication and educational platform providing current and prospective parents with numerous offline and online opportunities to talk to leading experts in health care, social protection and education. Both partners of Mama PRO have fully committed their professional careers to projects in support of young families that have or are expecting babies, including parents with disabilities. 

June 8, 2021

Elena Mezentseva is an activist of the Bona NGO and Kobrin Business Women Club. In 2013, she was selected to take part in the Community Connections visitor exchange program. Elena spent three weeks in Chicago, Illinois where she met with local civic and political leaders from the U.S. government and non-profit organizations who exposed her to the best American practices of using ICT to strengthen the NGOs’ capacity.

March 10, 2021

Development of innovative businesses creates modern jobs, strengthens market competition,  increases productivity, and ultimately fuels economic growth. Business angels - investors who support business projects at early stages of their development by providing finance, expert advice and networking support - are a key element of building a startup ecosystem aimed to develop innovative businesses. 

March 9, 2021

Olga Poloshovets leads a non-profit organization that supports vulnerable groups. Olga lost her sight 16 years ago, but this has not deterred her active life. Olga is a mother of three, holds degrees in education and law, and has managed several business ventures. Moreover, Olga participated in a USAID Community Connections (ComCon) program with a cohort of Belarusian professionals in 2018 and continues to be an active ComCon alumni. 


Last updated: July 21, 2021

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